Italy: Anti-racism campaigner wants black players to boycott Serie A matches over Sulley Muntari ban

Rome, Italy (PANA) - A major campaigner against racial abuse in sports, Garth Crooks, has called for all "self-respecting black players" to boycott Italian Serie A games in response to ban on Ghanaian player, Sulley Muntari.

Muntari was banned after being issued with a yellow card for reporting racial abuse.

Crooks of the anti-racism organisation, Kick It Out, released a strongly-worded statement criticising the 'gutless failure' to deal with Muntari's allegations of racial abuse against a section of Cagliari fans.

Former Inter Milan and Portsmouth midfielder, Muntari, who now played for Italian side Pescara, was subject of racial abuse by a section of Cagliari fans during the recent Italian league match. Muntari reported the abuse to referee Daniele Minelli, who elected not to take action over the allegations but to show Muntari a yellow card for dissent.

Muntari responded to the booking by walking off the pitch and shouting at those abusing him “this is my colour”, but while the Serie A disciplinary commission agreed that the actions of the Cagliari fans was “deplorable”, they decided not to take action against Cagliari because it was only "approximately 10" people responsible for the abuse, less than one per cent of the total attendance.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced on Tuesday that Muntari’s yellow card, his fifth of the season, will not be rescinded, and that he will have to serve a one-match ban as a result of the booking accumulation.

The astonishing lack of action over the racial abuse also led to a statement from FifPro, the world players’ union, calling for Uefa to take action, and now a strongly-worded statement from anti-racism organisation, Kick It Out, has labelled the FIGC’s decision a “gutless failure”, with trustee Crooks calling for the boycott this weekend.

“Kick It Out has made representation to FifPro, the world players’ union, to share its frustrations about the treatment to Sulley Muntari by the FIGC," a Kick It Out statement read on Wednesday, adding “The gutless failure to not take action by the Italian authorities should not be allowed to pass.

“It’s unbelievable that Cagliari escaped punishment as ‘only 10’ fans were involved. This situation should never be allowed to happen again."
-0- PANA VAO 4May2017

04 mai 2017 04:12:31

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